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October 28, 2019

 

I'm Sorry...

 

??

 

 

 

I’m sorry to hear about that

 

 

 

She posted about her sick aunt

 

Dying really

 

She hinted at that aspect

 

But wasn’t it already obvious?

 

‘I’m sorry to hear about that’

 

They said

 

Sad face emoji

 

She stared at her phone

 

And it’s comments

 

And felt suddenly and overwhelmingly,

 

empty.

 

 

 

He texted his ex

 

Again

 

In a variation of detail

 

About his physiological problems

 

Brought about by real life obstacles

 

Or were they just the catalyst

 

For the exaggerated stress

 

He was enduring?

 

 

He knew

 

As did she

 

That it was long standing issues

 

That had brought him to this juncture

 

Almost to his knees

 

And that’s what he didn’t want

 

To be ground to a halt

 

Nervous breakdown

 

Or whatever the modern term was.

 

 

‘I’m sorry to hear about that’

 

She wrote

 

He went on some more

 

But quickly understood the futility

 

His pleas and requests

 

Fell on not deaf ears

 

As she had heard him just fine.

 

 

He was on his own

 

And had no idea

 

How to make any of it better

 

He’d never felt more alone in his life.

 

 

 

Sorry

 

Not Sorry.

 

 

 

‘R U Ok’

 

No, I’m not

 

But what will you do about it?

 

What will anyone do?

 

 

 

‘You need to get some help

 

Have you seen a doctor?’

 

 

 

It’s the first port of call

 

Doctors come long before

 

Confession to a friend

 

Pills come long before

 

Public admittance

 

Battles are fought

 

Long before fragments of defeat

 

Are admitted.

 

 

 

‘I’m sorry about that’

 

Makes them feel better

 

Do they really care?

 

What can they do anyway?

 

Sometimes, plenty

 

Simple practical steps

 

Take part of the life load off

 

Offer to pick up a chore

 

Insist on a personal visit

 

Something

 

If only a small amount

 

Rather than buzzwords

 

Spewed out like an auto-correct response.

 

 

 

‘I’m sorry to hear about that

 

Now, where was I?’

 

 

 

 

 

 

© ajl 2019

 

 

This is the last in this series. This poem and 9 others are available as a pdf right here for download, called All Empires Crumble. All are from 2019.

 

 

art: exsomnis by m_tau

 


Thank you to M. Tau for permission to use these specific visuals in this series. 

See her profile at DeviantArt

 

 

 

 

 

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